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Careers in Instrumentation and Control Automation

Instrumentation program graduates are in demand and experience a high rate of job placement. New River-trained instrument technicians find careers in local industries as well as throughout Virginia, the United States and internationally. Technicians employed by American companies sometimes work overseas.

Annual earnings for entry-level technicians employed by manufacturing industries have ranged from $35,000, $55,000 and even higher. Listed below are companies and the annual salaries of new graduates who were recruited from New River's instrumentation program.

  • ABB Group
  • ACS Conveyor
  • AdvanSix ($82,000)
  • American Electric Power, Roanoke, Va. ($52,000)
  • American Mine Research
  • ATK (Orbital ATK)
  • B'burg, C'burg VPI Water Authority
  • Cascades Paper Mill
  • Celanese, Narrows, Va. (Approximately $60,000 after training.)
  • Coca Cola Company
  • Control Automation Technologies Corp.
  • Corning Corporation
  • Dominion (Virginia Power), Richmond, Va. ($55,000)
  • ESS Technologies
  • Federal Mogul
  • Grifols
  • Honeywell, Richmond, Va. ($75,000 after 180 days)
  • Honeywell, Moncure, N.C. ($75,000 after 180 days)
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)
  • Hollingsworth & Vose
  • InMotion
  • Instrument Calibration and Technical Services
  • International Paper
  • JA King
  • James Hardie
  • Kollmorgen
  • Korona Candles
  • McKee Foods Corporation
  • Mead Westvaco ($62,000 starting)
  • Moog
  • Motion Controls
  • PCI (start at $27-30/hour with relocation options)
  • Pepsi Bottling Group
  • Phoenix Packaging
  • Phillip Morris, Richmond, Va. ($43,500 entry)
  • Professional Project Services
  • RF Micro Devices, Greensboro, N.C. ($30,000 entry)
  • RJR ($63,800)
  • Smurfit-Stone
  • Sterling Engineering Solutions
  • Talecris
  • TechLab, Inc.
  • Virginia Tech Power Plant
  • Volvo
  • Williams Supply
  • Woverine
  • Xaloy
  • Yokohama, Salem, Va. ($36,000)

Instrumentation and Control Automation Department Contact Information

General questions and requests about the accounting department should be directed to Montie Fleshman 1-866-462-6722, extension 4255, or (540) 674-3600 extension 4255.
You may also email mfleshman@nr.edu.

Instrumentation and Control Automation Department Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Dustin Carter


Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology

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Montie Fleshman


Professor of Instrumentation

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